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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/09/2020.

Specialist Biomedical Scientist -Band 5/6

Job Reference: 318-20-R5438JH

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cheltenham / Gloucester
£24,907 to £37,890 pa

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.

Specialist Biomedical Scientist– Haematology and Blood Transfusion

(Banding according to previous experience and qualifications)

Full Time (37.5 hours)

Core hours 08.30-17.00, Early shift 07.00-15.00, Late 13.00-21.00, Night 20.45 -08.30. Unsocial hours currently attract an RRP payment as well as A4C enhanced rates.

Applications are invited for the post of Specialist Biomedical Scientist rotating through Haematology and Blood Transfusion.

The department is investing in a wide range of equipment. We have recently replaced our coagulation platform, are currently replacing our blood grouping analysers and scheduled to review our FBC and haematinics equipment in the coming year. We are updating product storage, thawing and temperature monitoring equipment on both sites as well as developing a new LIMs system which will be fully integrated into the Trust’s clinical system. We are currently working towards UKAS accreditation. Haematology in Gloucestershire really is a stimulating place to work.

Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust provides a countywide Haematology and Transfusion services across two major sites at Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals. Both provide 24/7 service with specialisms rationalised across sites.

We are one of the largest hospital trusts in the country providing high quality acute elective and specialist care for a population of more than 850,000 people. This incorporates specialist services, including haematological malignancies, for neighbouring counties and we have facilities for autologous stem cell transplantation. We support Clinical Immunology with an Immunology laboratory within the management structure of Haematology. Our Transfusion Department performs a wide repertoire of tests on site and uses over 12,000 red cells and 1,500 platelets per annum. Overall the department processes approximately 78,000 requests and 1.5 million tests per annum.

We are looking for an HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist with post registration experience in Haematology and Blood Transfusion. The successful candidate will work at both Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General on a rotational basis. There is a regular, free bus service between the two sites.

Both sites offer a 24 hour service and participation in extended working day and overnight working is required. We currently pay a supplementary payment for out of hours working above the normal Agenda for Change rates (subject to ongoing approval).

Less experienced candidates with post registration experience in Haematology will be considered for band 5 positions

We pride ourselves on the quality of our service and investment in our staff. The Pathology Department in Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a strong and enviable track record as a centre of excellence for training and development and promotes coaching and mentoring opportunities to support staff development, including service improvement training via the Gloucestershire Safety and Quality Improvement Academy which is supported through completion of local improvement projects. We are also developing a new approach to talent management to enable staff to gain skills and experience to accelerate their progression within the Department and/or career.

We also have a great team of staff who are a very social group. Covid-19 has curtailed this of late, but more recent outings included skittles evenings, ten pin bowling, rounders, weekend walks, tubing and, for the less energetic, a picnic in the park to celebrate Biomedical Science Day.

Applicants must be HCPC registered.

For further information please contact Joanne Goody, Deputy Laboratory Manager by e-mail at

Please note that this vacancy may close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, so please apply as soon as possible if you are interested. The Recruitment Team are unable to accept any applications after the position has closed on NHS Jobs.

Committed to safeguarding our community

If applicable for the post, all successful candidates will be required to pay for their own Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The cost will be £32 (standard checks) or £50 (enhanced checks), and will be recovered through two instalments from the candidate's salary. Please contact for further information.

The Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The Trust is committed to safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults, and any appointment will be subject to satisfactory clearance. As part of the organisation's commitment to Safer Recruitment, candidates may request copies of relevant policies and procedures by contacting the Recruitment Team at

Committed to supporting service personnel

As part of our commitment to support Service Personnel, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with the Career Transition Partnership, offer a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for all qualifying Service and Ex-Service Personnel. To qualify for a guaranteed interview, candidates must meet the essential criteria for the post and be either a current member of the Armed Forces, or be within the two year period of resettlement. If this applies to you please email the job reference number and your AR number to the Recruitment Team at

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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